Provost Office

As the chief academic office of the University, the Provost Office is entrusted, by the President, with the responsibility to administer the academic programs and the faculty of the University.

It is Harding's mission to teach our students to integrate faith, learning, and living successfully by providing an excellent academic foundation.  Our faculty seek to teach and demonstrate to students how to integrate faith into what they are learning for the profession they seek to join.

In collaboration with the academic deans and chairs, the Provost Office evaluates and develops the academic curriculum, continually assessing majors to ensure our students are well prepared as they graduate and enter the workplace.


Academic Calendar

Disability Requirements

Testing Office



Undergraduate Student Handbook (pdf)

Graduate/Professional Student Handbook (pdf)


Compliance Issues


Under federal regulations, institutions of higher education are required to come into compliance with federal requirements regarding the definition and assignment of credit hours as set forth in 34 CFR §600 and §668.

Harding University Policy and Resources

In the Fall of 2012, Harding University approved a university-wide policy (pdf) regarding credit hours. 

To comply with this policy, Harding created a Credit Hour Calculator (xlsx) (CHC).  This tool is used to evaluate the academic requirements of every course to ensure that the course meets federal regulations and includes a research-based component regarding the time that should be allocated for different levels of reading difficulty and different levels of student proficiency. 

How to use the Credit Hour Calculator:

1. With a copy of a course syllabus, complete the information at the top of the form, including the number of credit hours assigned to the course.

2. Identify the level of reading difficulty associated with course assignments and the level of student proficiency.  (For most courses, the default is to assume all students are of average ability.)

3. Using the syllabus, enter course assignments.

4. The CHC will calculate whether the required number of hours has been met.

The examples below show how data can be entered for different types of courses:

POLS 435 Constitutional Law (xlsx): This example is an application of how assignments that are listed chronologically in a syllabus are entered into the CHC spreadsheet.

- HNRS 203 The Human Situation (xlsx): This example shows how a summary of assignments can be entered.

- MATH 200 Elementary Statistics (xlsx): This example shows how a course that has the same weekly assignments can demonstrate compliance in a more compact format.

Syllabus Statement: Each course is required to contain this syllabus statement (docx) regarding credit hours.

Higher Learning Commission (HLC) 2013 Conference

Representatives from Harding University gave a presentation (pptx) regarding the CHC at the Higher Learning Commission conference in April 2013. It summarizes the process that was used in the development of this tool, as well as the research behind it.

The handout (pdf) provides some examples as well as a summary of the research that was used in the development of the CHC.

Global Perspective Requirements

In recognition of the interrelatedness of world cultures and the Christian mission of worldwide evangelism, the global perspective requirement ensures that a liberal arts education includes the development of skills, knowledge, or dispositions that will help students interact meaningfully with the world, specifically beyond the borders of the United States.  The range of skills and content knowledge applicable to this category suggests that the general goals of global perspective may be met in a variety of ways through a combination of courses listed in the catalog.

The global perspective requirement is waived for all international students.  Other students who wish to apply for a waiver of the global perspective requirements (on the basis of extended residence abroad, for example) may have their appeal considered by the Global Literacy Committee.

To submit a waiver request the student must:

1. Log into Pipeline.
2. Select the Student bar.
3. Select the Student Records block.
4. Select the Global Perspective Waiver Request.
5. Complete the form, and press "Send Letter".

You should receive a reply to your request for waiver within one business week.

Meet our Team



Marty Spears

Marty Spears, Ph.D.
Rice University
Faculty member at Harding University since 2000

Dr. Spears is also an Associate Professor of Mathematics.  Reporting to the President, his responsibilities include faculty, curriculum development and review, accreditation and other administrative functions.


Vice President for Accreditation & Institutional Effectiveness and Vice Provost

Julie A. Hixson-Wallace

Julie A. Hixson-Wallace, Pharm.D., BCPS
Mercer University Southern School of Pharmacy
Faculty member at Harding University since 2006

Dr. Hixson-Wallace is also a Professor of the College of Pharmacy.  She teaches in the areas of cardiovascular therapeutics and clinical pharmacokinetics.

Director of Academic Affairs

Jake Brownfield

Jake Brownfield, Ed.S.
Harding University
Harding staff member since 2012

Director of Assessment

James Berry

James Berry, Ph.D.
Texas Tech University
Harding staff member since 2016

Director of Sponsored Programs

Brad Miller
Brad Miller, Ph.D.

Georgia Institute of Technology
Faculty member at Harding University since 2007

Director of Institutional Intelligence & Research

Dana Steil
Dana Steil, Ph.D.

University of Alabama
Faculty member at Harding University since 2000

Institutional Research Analyst

Dustin Howell
Dustin Howell, MBA

Harding University
Harding staff member since 2003

Assistant to the Provost

Nancy Tackett

Nancy Tackett, MMIN
Harding University
Harding staff member since 2002


Office Administrative Assistant

Brenda Davis

Brenda Davis
Harding staff member since 2013

Project Coordinator

Vicki Spelce

Vicki Spelce, BBA
Harding University
Harding staff member since 2012

Contact Us

Location: Administration room 102

Mailing address:
Harding University
Provost Office
Box 10773
Searcy, AR 72149-5615